Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL microscopy uncovers "dancing" silicon atoms in graphene

(ASM International) Jumping silicon atoms are the stars of an atomic scale ballet featured in a new Nature Communications study from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. The ORNL research team documented the atoms' unique behavior by first trapping groups of silicon atoms, known as clusters, in a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon called graphene...7/1

Lithium-Sulfur Battery Looks Promising For Electrified Vehicles

(Hybridcars.com) Could it be that the laboratory that once ushered in the atomic age has developed the battery chemistry that will enable affordable electric cars with 300-400 mile range? This is one implication for Oak Ridge National Laboratory‘s solid state nanotechnology based lithium-sulfur chemistry developed between 2007-2013. As we reported last month, ORNL announced it as a patent-pending scientific success that’s theoretically safer and cheaper than lithium-ion...7/1



What’s Behind the Heat Wave: Climate Change or Weather?

(National Geographic) The American Southwest is broiling in triple-digit temperatures for the fourth consecutive day as a result of a record-breaking heat wave that is smothering the region...7/1


Statement to the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security

(Energy.gov) U.S. Statement to the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security, Vienna, Austria, Monday, July 1, 2013...7/1

Former Energy Secretary Wants Power Generation Decentralized

(NPR) [Audio] Renee Montagne talks to former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, who stepped down in April, about the current energy boom and how he would like to change energy policy...7/2

East Tennessee

Manhattan Project National Park proposal clears one hurdle, faces more

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The campaign to create a national park dedicated to the once-top-secret Manhattan Project is moving through Congress, but supporters aren’t ready to declare victory just yet...7/1

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Common Grounds’ owner John Watson didn’t set out to make his landscaping company greener, but when he discovered that powering his mowers with propane significantly reduced his fuel costs, it wasn’t hard to make the switch...7/1

energy & science policy

EU debates U-turn on biofuels policy

(Nature) The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such as soya beans and sugar cane in the hope of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Yet for more than half a decade, scientists have warned that many food-based fuels might actually be boosting emissions relative to fossil fuels...7/1

House FY 2014 Department of Energy Funding Bill: Office of Science

(AIP) The House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...7/1

science & technology

Is Anything Stopping a Truly Massive Build-Out of Desert Solar Power?

(Scientific American) Engineers and industry agree that although challenges abound in utility-scale solar in the sunniest places on Earth, we have the technology to go big in the desert...7/1

Chemistry researchers closing in on new atomic force microscope

(PhysOrg) A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is coming into focus in a Wright State University lab...7/1

Other Stories

Iran importing missile-grade ore from Germany, France

(Reuters) Exploiting a loophole in Western sanctions, Iran is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components...7/2


The ZIP Code Turns 50

(Time) 1963 was a momentous year in America: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington and, somewhat less heralded by all but the most fervent postal historians, the ZIP code was introduced...7/1